Tributes continue to pour in for popular former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek, who died aged 47 on Tuesday.
Srnicek, who was a firm favourite at St James’s Park in his spells at the club between 1991 and 1998, and 2006 and 2007, had suffered a cardiac arrest while out jogging in his native Czech Republic.
He was in an induced coma for eight days before brain scans showed irreversible damage, leaving his family to make the heartbreaking decision to switch off his life support machine.
The popularity of Srnicek, who was a member of Kevin Keegan’s well-remembered Newcastle side, was made clear by the reaction to his death on social media, while tributes were left at the Alder Sweeney Memorial Garden, at St James’s Park.
Former Magpies team-mate Alan Shearer said: “So very, very sad to lose my friend and former team-mate @PavelSrnicekUK My thoughts are with his family at this awful time. #NUFC #RIPPavel.”
Steve Harper, who came through the ranks as a goalkeeper at Newcastle while Srnicek was a regular starter, added: “A truly beautiful soul has left this world far too early!! Thank you so much for everything you did for me Pav.”
A truly beautiful soul has left this world far too early!!Steve Harper
Another former Newcastle team-mate of Srnicek, Keith Gillespie, posted: “So sad to hear about Pavel Srnicek. Proud to have known him and play with him. Absolute gentleman. #RIPPAV.”
Current Magpies goalkeeper Tim Krul said: “Such a tragedy. An honour to have known & worked with you. Great man and a legend, puts things in perspective. #rip.” – current Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Former Newcastle defender Steve Watson added: “Absolutely heartbroken to hear the news about Pav, we’ve truly lost one of our own. Absolute gentleman and a great friend to all. RIP Pav.”
Meanwhile, messages in tribute to the goalkeeper were also left on the Gazette’s Facebook page.
Maureen Davison posted: “Very sad news, was praying for his recovery. Great memories of Pavel as Newcastle’s No 1 keeper, true gent when my daughter met him. RIP Pav always a Geordie x. I remember seeing him at Sheffield Wednesday when he played for them, and all the fans were singing Pavel is a Geordie xx.”
Karen Chapman said: “Sad news indeed. RIP Pavel. Adopted Geordie forever.”
Tony Barrass added: “So sad. Colours mean nothing at a time like this. RIP Pavel.”
Linda Robinson posted: “RIP BIG MAN. So so sad. Best keeper and adopted Geordie. Xx”
Doris Watling said: “RIP Pav a great goalkeeper and a great man x”
Bill Bennett posted: “He was a super player who loved the club and its supporters. My lasting memory will be of him staying behind after training to work with Shay Given and a young Steve Harper on tactical things to boss his six yard area. Following on from that, he then took a young supporter in full goalkeeping kit who was watching with us at Durham and spent another 15 minutes or so with him.”
Jane Mary Robertson simply added: “RIP Pavel. Goalkeeper, Geordie, Gentleman.”